Margery de Brus is not a person. We are a collective group committed, first and foremost, to paying artists for their work. We will never use an artist’s work and expect them to simply feel thankful for the privilege. We may not be able to pay much, but we will always pay. “Starving artist” is a phrase that should not exist. (See more about us on our Blog.)
Why do we do this?
Art, in all its forms, is suffering. In our capital-focused world, art is dropped from funding, laughed at as a career option, and discouraged as a serious pursuit. Unless there's some form of commercial appeal, art is overlooked or, just as bad, reserved for the elite in the form of $200 theater tickets, exclusive art galleries, and decreasing access to free libraries.
For those brave enough to pursue studies in the arts, the ending is too often a large amount of student debt and no real job prospects. Art is a side hustle; office jobs pay the bills.
We want to change that.
Our mission is to promote artists by providing creative spaces, steady incomes, and community support for their work.
Margery de Brus will start with literature and grow from there. Our first anthology was published this spring to fabulous reviews. (Go to Books.) Royalties will be used to fund future projects.
Why aren't we a non-profit? Because we want a healthy bottom line. Not to be rich, but to support artists.
Arguably, the most stunning art in history came from the Renaissance period. And those works were backed by wealth. The most notable patrons were the Medici's who sponsored artists like Michelangelo, da Vinci, and Botticelli. Granted, the conditions under which some of the artists worked were not ideal, and the model isn't without its flaws. But it's our starting point. A base to build upon.
Surprisingly, the trend of sponsoring art is growing again. Numerous articles have been published over the past two years regarding Angel Investors for artists. The idea is to treat artists like start-up companies by providing financial backing and security so the artists can grow and flourish.
Our goal is to make art a viable career choice once again. We're taking small steps, but we have big plans for the future! Subscribe to our mailing list for the latest updates.
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